Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Origin of Species” as Want to Read:
The Origin of Species
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

The Origin of Species

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  79,080 Ratings  ·  1,824 Reviews
Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task.

Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, reveal
...more
Hardcover, 703 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Castle Books (first published November 24th 1859)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Origin of Species, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Eric Bruen You ask why the full title is never given, yet I see it is right here on goodreads, just above your question - Original Title: On The Origin of…moreYou ask why the full title is never given, yet I see it is right here on goodreads, just above your question - Original Title: On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle For Life. In print, the title page of my folio society edition also gives the full title. So your question is irrelevant. The full title is given, in 2 cases that I have right before me. As to why it isn't always given, I'd guess that its length makes it cumbersome, and perhaps the term 'favoured races' could be misinterpreted and taint the purpose of work.(less)
Domhnall Maybe the point of the question is to enquire if Darwin arrived at his theory because he was an atheist. The sequence is the other way around. Darwin…moreMaybe the point of the question is to enquire if Darwin arrived at his theory because he was an atheist. The sequence is the other way around. Darwin travelled from religious belief to disbelief as a consequence of his findings, not a cause of them. We even know that this process caused him great distress, not least because he was an admirer of Paley's classic presentation of the argument for Intelligent Design. Creationists like to present ID as their response to Darwin, but historically Darwin was fully aware of the ID argument and tested it to destruction. ID made no sense in the face of the evidence - even less sense if the designer was assumed to be good rather than evil - and he found a powerful alternative, natural selection, that could fully account for all aspects of evolution, including complexity and fitness of design, without requiring any intelligent designer at all. There is design. There is no designer. Natural selection remains a powerful tool in biology, because we can observe it at work in real time, notably in work to manage the spread of disease by rapidly mutating viruses, and the theory enables us for example to understand how a virus becomes resistent to antibiotics. In the face of this evidence, even most active Christians (and people of other faiths) are prepared to accept natural selection as reality and adapt their religious beliefs accordingly. The Catholic Church has formally accepted natural selection. There is no inherent need to identify Darwin's scientific theory with atheism unless you set out your religious beliefs in such rigid terms that the conflict is impossible to resolve, but in that case we are not really describing atheism, just rejection of a specific set of religious beliefs and many religious people disagree on specific beliefs with many other religious people without being atheists. (less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Pam
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind
Shelves: purchase
such a freakin' genius! and the sadest part is, that his "science" literally killed him. if you've read a lot in Darwin (as I have) you come to understand that as a religious man, his studies seriously conflicted with his beliefs. I hate it when I hear someone say that Darwin says, "we come from monkeys." because that is not the case.

his theory is on EVOLUTION, not monkeys. all he wanted people to understand was adaptation and survival of the fittest is really a simple concept, and daily life- p
...more
Bookdragon Sean
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mankind
Charles Darwin changed the world when he wrote this book.

I mean if you think about it logically, no other book has had such a powerful impact on the way humanity views the earth; yes, we have countless religious doctrine, but never before had there been a book that so drastically alternated our perceptions of the mechanisms that are behind our existence. I’m not talking about on a spiritual level, a level of ideas that cannot be scientifically proven or unproven, but on an actual physical level.
...more
Manny
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Creationists
Dear Carol,

Thank you for your mail, and of course I remember meeting you on the flight last month! It was a very interesting discussion and I'm still thinking about it. The semester has now started here at Creationist U and I am working hard, but I found time to read the book you recommended. And I'm glad I did, because it was really a lot better than I thought it would be.

I guess I was expecting Darwin to be like Richard Dawkins, but he was respectful of religious ideas. And it was great that h
...more
Thabit
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
قد يكون هذا الكتاب هو أعظم كتاب انتجته البشرية. داروين غير كل شيء في مسار البشرية من نظرة البشر لأنفسهم حتى نظرة البشر تجاه الكون والطبيعة

من اكبر المغالطات التي تواجهها اليوم عملية التطور اعتبارها بأنها نظرية. مصطلح نظرية دارون أو نظرية التطور كانت صالحة قبل قرن ولكن اليوم عملية التطور هي حقيقة علمية مدعومة بأدلة لا تعد ولا تحصى ولكن البشر يخافون من أن يتم اعتبارهم كسائر المخلوقات الأرضية المتصلة ببعض إذ إننا نحب الشعور بالامتياز والتفوق على الغير ونوهم أنفسنا بأننا موجودين على سطح الأرض لغاية أ
...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life = On Natural Selection, Charles Darwin
عنوانها: بنیاد انواع: به وسیله انتخاب طبیعی یا کشمکش و نبرد برای زیستن؛ بنیاد انواع: به وسیله انتخاب طبیعی یا تنازغ بقا در عالم طبیعت؛ انتخاب طبیعی؛ تکامل؛ بنیاد انواع؛ منشا انواع؛ خاستگاه گونه ها؛ اصل انواع؛ انتشاراتیها: ابن سینا؛ شبگیر؛ نگارستان، روزگار نو؛ نخستین خوانش: سیزدهم سپتامبر سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: بنیاد انواع : به وسیله انتخاب طب
...more
Stephen M
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbook, philosophy
Edits for NR because I love him that much.

This:
"This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection. Variations neither useful not injurious would not be affected by natural selection, and would be left a fluctuating element, as perhaps we see in the species called polymorphic.

"We shall best understand the probable course of natural selection by taking the case of a country undergoing some physical change, for instance, of climate. The
...more
Darwin8u
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2014
“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”
― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

description

It is amazing to think that this mild, scientific book published a little less than 155 years ago caused (and is still causing) such a complete storm. I'm surprised at how adapted we have become (or at least the segment of those people on the planet who don't reject Darwin's theory of natural selection as counter to their
...more
Paul
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, you can't really review a book like this. It's almost complete transcended its role as a seminal scientific tome and become a legitimate historic artefact. You can't review a historic artefact.

This is a fantastic read, even viewed in a completely different way to how it would have been read at the time. It really is amazing how much evolutionary biology Darwin was able to formulate almost a century before Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA. It boggles the mind what Darwin could have been ca
...more
Clif Hostetler
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
My book group selected this book for discussion probably because of the historic impact it has had on the field of science. However, I found it to be very worthy of respect from a literary viewpoint. Charles Darwin's writing comes across as a methodical thinker and patient explainer to many recalcitrant readers who are determined not to believe a word he says. He had me convinced after only a couple dozen pages, but he kept doing what seemed to me to be piling on observation after observation, e ...more
Joey Woolfardis
"If, however, a caterpillar were taken out of a hammock made up, for instance, to the third stage, and were put into one finished up to the sixth stage, so that much of its work was already done for it, far from feeling the benefit of this, it was much embarrassed, and, in order to complete its hammock, seemed forced to start from the third stage."

On the Origin of Species is one of the most important books ever written. Although a lot of people-scientists, naturalists and the like-were coming
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
  • Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History
  • Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
  • Why Evolution Is True
  • Life on Earth
  • What Evolution Is
  • The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
  • Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
  • Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul
  • Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
  • Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated
12793
Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, eminent as a collector and geologist, who proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selec ...more
More about Charles Darwin...
“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” 511 likes
“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.” 77 likes
More quotes…